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  • How Witch It Is

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Books 1-3
  • Written by: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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How Witch It Is

Written by: Amanda M. Lee
Narrated by: Aris
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Hemlock Cove, where the town is magically rebranded - but real witches aren't necessarily welcome.

That makes things hard for the Winchester witches - including local newspaper reporter Bay. She's got a persnickety family - wait until you met Aunt Tillie - and a penchant for stumbling across trouble.

Thankfully for Bay, she's got loyal cousins and the ability to talk to ghosts as she tries to solve mysteries and put souls to rest.

Follow Bay as she meets a man who is more than he seems and tries to hide a history that is centuries in the making.

This is the first three books in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest cozy mystery series. It includes: Any Witch Way You Can, Every Witch Way But Wicked, and Witching You Were Here.

©2012 Amanda M. Lee (P)2015 Amanda M. Lee

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Great for teens

This fell far short of what I was expecting. Lacked any real depth, was cute though with a Brady Bunch feel. Probably good for teens.

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Still on book 1, hoping I can finish..

This Aris narrator is driving me insane. I'm so hoping I can grow to not mind her, or that she improves with a bit of time. There's virtually no difference in the voices. The story is alright so far but nothing too exciting. Fingers crossed I can get through the rest.
This set of characters and their living arrangement is exactly the same as the Torrent series by Tess Lake. I can't decide who copied who, but they're so similar that had I been the first author I would have sued the second.

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Great Listen!

The stories are great. Aunt Tillie is entertaining. The narrator is great as well. Book is filled with mystery, laughs, and entertainment. #Audible1

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  • MerylB
  • 2017-01-08

Mixed bag

It's sort of hard to judge the writing, which - aside from needing some serious editing - seems pretty good.

The narration is another story. Read at break-neck speed, with little differentiation between the main characters (I know it's got to be hard, three cousins and their three mothers, but still, that's your job). Some line readings are just so off it's painful - and worse, certain words are constantly mispronounced (vehemently is not read as vee-HEM-ently, e.g.). Also, the three cousins are supposed to be in their twenties but come off sounding like 16yo Valley girls.

Can't totally blame the narrator: what were the director or producer doing?

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  • Private
  • 2017-10-11

Narrator needs to slow down

The narrator really needs to slow down. It sounds like someone is trying to speed read aloud. The story sounds interesting for urban fantasy, but I couldn’t get past the second chapter (15 minutes in).
I just finished the six Cosy Witch; audiobooks by Tess Lake (4-5/5). I was hoping to find another urban fantasy series to listen to at bedtime and around the house. But it’s not this one - nor any other read by this narrator. I’m returning this one and might buy the ebook sometime later.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-10-12

Like woah.

Loved the story but the narrator made everyone sound like an angsty teen. Like Jimmy Fallon's Sara character in his "Ew!" skits. I think the inflection was off? I love Aunt Tilly and would like to see the Moms fleshed out more. Just because you are over 50 doesn't mean your life is over! Hopefully I will get my wish in later books.

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  • Lady Chaps
  • 2017-08-24

Good story but....

These stories were very entertaining once I was able to get past the horrible narration. The narrator read way too fast, mispronounced numerous words, and frequently paused where no comma could have been. I find it hard to believe they let her narrate books two and three.

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  • Pam
  • 2015-11-01

Aunt Tilly strikes again

Love this series. The right balance of humour and intrigue to keep you interested till the end. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-12-13

Very light read, a bit annoying

I liked the idea of the stories, they're supposed to be nice, fun, cozy mysteries, which they actually are... if you find grown women thinking and acting like teenagers funny. Trust me, it's not just the narration, they don't just sound like teenagers, they act and think like teenagers. I actually don't blame the narrator, I think she portrayed them like this after reading the books.

After book 2 it becomes a bit frustrating instead of funny, but I did enjoy listening to the box set.

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  • TRACY
  • 2018-11-30

Pronunciation!

Wow, just wow. Does anyone listen to these before they turn them out? And what was with the adverbs? The story had a good concept and fun characters but it was a struggle to get through the road blocks to the end.

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  • Robin Dillon
  • 2016-05-24

Not worth it

What disappointed you about How Witch It Is?

I could only get through the first book, the mystery was ridiculous. All they do to try to find the murderer is ask the ghosts, the plot is almost non-existant.

Has How Witch It Is turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There is no distinction between the voices you never know which character is talking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-02

Childish

I wish I wouldn't have purchasedctge 3 book pack. The constant childish arguing and back talk amongst the characters lowers the IQ of the listener. The 90's "valley girl" of the narrator is nails on a chalk board.

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  • HODGEPODGESPV
  • 2019-01-09

Cuter storuIRS

But they were recorded or read too fast. Slow it down and you’ll enjoy the stories better.

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